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City of Minneiska

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April 4, 2016

 The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser.  Council members present were Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor.  Also present were Howard Gorder, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.                                            

 The minutes for the March 7th meeting were read.  Mark motioned that the minutes be approved and Mike seconded.  All approved. 

 The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council.  The City net worth is $61,225.28.  Mike motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Bob seconded.  All approved.    

 

Old Business

 

Parking on Bennett Ave (Wabasha County):  Wabasha County Board of Commissioners passed our resolution for a parking variance. 

 Board of Appeals:  Notices have been posted and published.  The Wabasha County meeting will be held from 9 AM till Noon, on Monday the 11th day of April, 2016, in the Wabasha County Assessor’s Office in the Wabasha County Courthouse at 625 Jefferson Ave in Wabasha.  The Winona County meeting will be held from 1 PM till 4 PM, on Thursday the 7th day of April, 2016, in the Winona County Assessor’s Office in the Winona County Government Center at 177 Main St in Winona.

 Mark volunteered to be the city emergency management contact.  Bob motioned and Mike seconded that the City accept him in this role.  All approved. 

 The condition of streets within Minneiska was discussed.  It was agreed that the City needs to investigate this further.

  

New Business

 

The Minneiska road cleanup will be Saturday April 23.  Anyone interested in helping should meet in the church parking lot at 8:00 AM.  Breakfast will be provided at Eagle View upon completion.  Notification has been posted.

 Liquor License renewals:  Mark motioned and Bob seconded that the City renew the licenses for Buck’s Bar and Eagle View Bar & Grill.  All approved. 

  

Bob motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mike seconded.  All approved and the meeting was adjourned.

  

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David K. Pries, City Clerk

 

 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

March 7, 2016


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Bob and Laura Swartout, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.


The minutes for the February 1st meeting were read. Mark motioned that the minutes be approved and Mike seconded. All approved.

 

The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $64,507.69. Bob motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Old Business


Parking on Bennett Ave (Wabasha County): Mark motioned and Mike seconded that the City approve the Wabasha County Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement as written. All approved.


Board of Appeals: Since the City of Minneiska does not have anyone trained, our meetings for both counties will be Open Book meetings. The Wabasha County meeting will be held from 9 AM till Noon, on Monday the 11th day of April, 2016, in the Wabasha County Assessor’s Office in the Wabasha County Courthouse at 625 Jefferson Ave in Wabasha. The Winona County meeting will be held from 1 PM till 4 PM, on Thursday the 7th day of April, 2016, in the Winona County Assessor’s Office in the Winona County Government Center at 177 Main St in Winona.Meetings.


New Business

Council members attended a meeting regarding our contracted fire protection and first responder services from the City of Rollingstone. Our contract has been extended for another year.

 

Bob motioned and Mike seconded that we accept Wigham Services bid of $650 to sweep the city streets. All approved. The sweeping will be done prior to the Flood Run which is scheduled for April 16th.


The wall mural suffered minimal winter damage. Dave will touch up where necessary.

The City needs someone to be our emergency management representative. Laura Swartout was the representative when she was a council member. This will be discussed further at the next Council meeting.


Bob motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mel seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

 

 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

February 1, 2016

 

The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Jeannette Trzesniewski, Cassandra Trzesniewski, Chuck Woodford, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.

The minutes for the January 4th meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $65,258.54. Bob motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved. Ken also presented the 2015 City Financial Report. Mark motioned that the report be approved and Mel seconded. All approved.


Old Business

Parking on Bennett Ave (Wabasha County): The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners took no action on our resolution for a parking variance at their January Meeting. Residents present at this meeting and the Council discussed this item at length and agreed that this parking variance should be pursued further.

New Business

Board of Appeals: Since the City of Minneiska does not have anyone trained, our meetings for both counties will be Open Book meetings. Meetings for both counties will be held in April and the dates and times will be published and posted in March.


Mark motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mel seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

January 4, 2016


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Denise Anderson - Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer, Howard Gorder, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.


The minutes for the December 7th meeting were read. Mark motioned that the minutes be approved and Mike seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $53,368.68. Bob motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Old Business


Mail Voting: A Public Hearing was held on December 7, 2015 and no concerns were identified at this hearing and no issues have been brought to the Council's attention since the hearing. Mike motioned that the City of Minneiska adopt Mail Voting for all residents in both Wabasha and Winona Counties starting in 2016 and Bob seconded. All approved. (Resolution 201601)


Parking on Bennett Ave (Wabasha County): A Parking Variance Resolution (Resolution 201501) was submitted to Wabasha County. Howard expressed some concern with the variance.


Greenwood bridge: We suggested to Dietrich Flesch, Wabasha County Engineer, that a Dead End sign be placed at the entrance to Greenwood Avenue to help deter traffic from crossing the bridge.


New Business


Rodents damaged the cable cover on the electrical wire for the Minneiska Star. Prior to next holiday season the City will string the cable in conduit to protect the wiring.


Mel motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mike seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

December 7, 2015

 

The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Sheila Craig, Jerry and Sally Bentson, Bill Heaser, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.


Waste Water Initiative: Sheila Craig from the Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative presented what her organization has to offer and answered questions.


The minutes for the November 2nd meeting were read. Mark motioned that the minutes be approved and Mike seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $54,884.28. Mike motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Old Business


Mail Voting: Dave attended a meeting with officials from both Wabasha and Winona Counties and both counties are in agreement to support the City of Minneiska in mail voting. No issues were identified by residents that would preclude the City from proceeding toward mail voting in 2016. If no issues are identified prior to the January City Council meeting a resolution will be adopted.


Boat landing: DNR has money for dredging from the tubes under Highway 61 to the main channel. The work should be done before Summer of 2016.

 

Signage: Winona County removed the Truck Parking signs. Residents need to understand that the ordinance is still on the books and if parking becomes a problem in the future, we can put the signs back up.


Recycling: Lease agreement with Buck's Bar is in place. City will pay Buck's $100 per year and the City's insurance will cover any liability claims.


Parking on Bennett Ave (Wabasha County): Mark motioned and Mike seconded that the City adopt a resolution requesting a variance from State Aid rules to allow parking. All approved.


New Business


Mark motioned and Mel seconded that the City waive the monetary limits associated with our Liability Coverage as we have in the past. All approved.

 

Greenwood bridge: Dietrich Flesch, Wabasha County Engineer, has recommended that due to the condition of the bridge, something be done. The Council decided to investigate further and decide what is the best alternative.

 

HBC has notified the City that cable prices will increase January 2, 2016.


Mike motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mark seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.

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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

November 2, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Pete Glasspoole, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.

The minutes for the October 5th meeting were read. Mark motioned that the minutes be approved and Mike seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $56,444.33. Bob motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved. Ken also presented the Proposed Budget for 2016. Mike motioned that the Budget be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.

 

Old Business

Boat landing: Dredging has been done in the launch area and the culvert going under Highway 61. No work is planned for dredging in the river prior to Spring of 2016.


HBC Assessment Fee (franchise fee): All necessary paper work has been completed and the City will receive the first check from HBC March 31, 2016 and the end of every quarter from then on. This agreement will be reviewed by both parties every three years.

Parking on Bennett Ave (Wabasha County) : Scott talked to Dietrich Flesch, Wabasha County Engineer about allowing parking on the river side of Bennett Avenue. Dietrich asked for a written request which was generated and sent to him. Scott also communicated with the Wabasha County Sheriff's office and received assurance that tickets would not be issued to cars parked there.

 

Mail voting: According to Ken Fritz, Winona County Administrator, Sandra Suchla, Winona County Auditor/Treasurer has agreed to implement mail voting for the City in Winona County. Wabasha County has already agreed to implement mail voting for the City. Dave will work with the two counties to make this happen for the 2016 elections.

 

Recycling: Mark motioned and Bob seconded that the City generate a lease agreement with Buck's Bar to leave the recycling roll-off on Buck's property. With this lease in place, the Liability insurance that the City has will cover any claims arising from individuals injured while utilizing the recycle roll-off. All approved.

Snowplowing is set for the season.

 

New Business


Bob motioned and Mark seconded that the City donate $450 to the Senior Citizen Holiday Party, $400 to the Rollingstone Snowbankers Snowmobile Club and $100 to the Winona County Humane Society. All approved.

Signage: Since there have been no issues with truck parking on Bennett Avenue (the section just recently redone and also known as County Road 25), Bob motioned and Mel seconded that we remove the “No Truck Parking” and “2 Hour Truck Parking” signs. All approved. The City will keep the signs and reinstall if this ever becomes a problem again.


As of October 31, 2015 Minneiska does not have any resident First Responders

Bob motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mark seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.

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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

October 5, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Chuck and Ann Woodford, Gary Staudacher, Rich and Cyndi Jacques, Apollo Teydralewski, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.

The minutes for the August 31st meeting were read. Mike motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.

The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $57,741.18. Mike motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mark seconded. All approved.

Old Business


Christmas decorations: The decorations have arrived.


Bob motioned and Mike seconded that the Assessment Fee (franchise fee) that HBC has been charging be returned to the City to help meet financial obligations. All approved. Dave will do what is necessary to make this happen starting in January 2016.


New Business


Parking on Bennett Ave (Wabasha County) : Mike motioned and Mark seconded that the City proceed with applying for a variance so cars can park on the river side of Bennett Ave.

Mike motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Bob seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

August 31, 2015

(September Meeting)

 

The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were the Bassetts, the Wileys, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.

The minutes for the August 3rd meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $58,805.33. Mike motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mark seconded. All approved.

 

Old Business

Boat landing: No update but Steve Jacob informed the City that Winona County has hired a new County Administrator who should be able to assist in getting some action on this project.


Christmas decorations: With the money donated at the National Night Out in Minneiska plus donations by Scott Splittstoesser and Mike Konkel enough money was generated to purchase 1 pole decoration and Mark Tibor offered to purchase 1 pole decoration. Mark motioned and Bob seconded that the City purchase 2 pole decorations in addition to the 2 donated decorations. All approved. The Council selected the 4 decorations to purchase and Dave will order them during September while the supplier has a 20% off sale on Christmas decorations.

 

Selling of vacant lots: The Council decided to offer the 4 contiguous lots that the City owns, as is and as a single entity, at public auction in the Spring of 2016. More information to follow.


Scott addressed the complaints received by Council members noted in last month's minutes with the residents involved.


New Business


Linda Wiley presented a letter to the Council requesting a contribution to the Rollingstone Snowbankers Snowmobile Club to assist them in maintaining the trails in this area. The request will be added to the other requests for contributions and will be addressed later this year.

 

Volunteers retrieved the Minneiska sign on the south end of the City that was damaged by the wind earlier this summer. Scott will repair it and it will be reinstalled.


Mark motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mel seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

August 3, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Steve Jacob, Dick Swanson, Gene Swanson and Dave Pries.


The minutes for the July 6th meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $51,071.26. Mark motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Steve Jacob, our County Commissioner, outlined some of the items that Winona County is considering and solicited input from the Council members. Steve also indicated that he would do some investigation into the lack of progress on Minneiska's boat landing.


Old Business


Boat landing: Work was discontinued after less than a week and the status of the project is unknown.

 

Mail voting: Winona County is not willing to support mail voting for the City of Minneiska for the 2016 election cycle. Since we need support from both counties - Wabasha and Winona - we will not be able to go to mail voting at this point.

 

Selling of vacant lots: Scott got with the attorney's office and got some information. Further review is necessary

 

New Business

 

Senator Matt Schmit, who represents the City of Minneiska at the state legislature, has been selected as a League of Minnesota Cities Legislator of Distinction for 2015.


Group Self Insured Accident Plan for City Volunteers: Mike motioned and Bob seconded that the City leave the coverage as is. All approved. Dave will handle.


Bob motioned and Mel seconded that the City accept Dick Swanson's resignation as the person responsible for issuing building permits and appoint Gene Swanson to handle the responsibility. All approved. The Council thanked Dick for his years of service handling this responsibility.


Local Government Aid from the State of Minnesota will be $4599.00 in 2016. This is a decrease of $597.00 from 2015.


Complaints received by Council members from city residents -

  1. Lawn not being maintained at 518 Bennett Ave (Knapp)

  2. Condition of the property at 416 Bennett Ave (O'Grady)

  3. Dog from 404 Bennett Ave (Gorder) running loose

  4. Weeds and trees growing into Krully Ave

Scott will address with property owners.


The City needs some new Christmas decorations and is looking for donations from City residents to help this cause.

 

Due to Labor Day being so late our September meeting will be August 31st.


Mark motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Bob seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.

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David K. Pries, City Clerk


City of Minneiska

Minutes

July 6, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Norm Allen, Howard Gorder, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.


The minutes for the June 1st meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $45,760.32. Mike motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Bob seconded. All approved.


Old Business


Boat landing: Work is scheduled to begin on the landing on July 7th.

 

Water coming off Taylor Hill Drive: The parking curb has been installed.


New Business

SEMMCHRA has money available for first time home buyers. The information is posted on the bulletin board at the church or residents can get information by contacting Dave Pries at 458-7544.


Tax Levy for 2016: Bob motioned and Mark seconded that the City raise the levy by 5% which amounts to $609 for a total of $12,789. All approved.

 

The City is considering selling four vacant lots. Scott will contact our City Attorney, Peter Ekstrand, regarding this.


Howard Gorder expressed concern with parking on Bennett Avenue – especially commercial vehicles.

Bob motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mel seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk